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You know what time it is [[FanCommunityNickname forum]], it's time for the Comment Question of the day, and it comes from a user named "[=ThisTroper=]". And he says, "Could you [[DescribeTopicHere describe Equals Three here]]?" Leave your interesting or creative responses in the comments section ''below''.

''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/RayWilliamJohnson Equals Three]]'' (=3) was a Website/YouTube series formerly hosted by Ray William Johnson, reviewing viral videos found by or sent to him. Three videos were shown and a question submitted via video was posed for the commenters to respond to in the comments section (which was discontinued in 2013), with a schedule of new videos being posted every Tuesday and Friday.

On [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQFCT8YaYcE March 12, 2014]], Ray retired from the show but promised to find a new host within two months who'd then reboot the series. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze43h65VHwk On July 16, 2014]], the show was finally rebooted with Robby Motz, who hosted for a year [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8szCkSTdlg until he announced his departure on July 24th, 2015]] after 102 episodes.

Robby was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNppYM2rqeQ subsequently replaced]] by Kaja Martin four days after he left, who only had a 30-episode run before she [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpvKEt8BNns left on November 24, 2015]]. She was then replaced by Carlos Santos [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76jfak44Jxc on December 4, 2015]], who served as the final host.

Ray also released songs and videos under the account name [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Yourfavoritemartian Your Favorite Martian]], before eventually retiring the project.

It had a Spin-Off in Spanish: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/IgualATres Igual a tres]], hosted by Pedro Flores; as well as a French equivalent in ''WebVideo/WhatTheCut'', whose host and founder, Antoine Daniel, admitted that ''=3'' was a direct inspiration for his series.

Not to be confused with [[CatSmile :3]].
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!!'''This series provided examples of:'''

* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Other guys show up doing the show sometimes, with little actual introduction. So far we've seen [=meekakitty=], [=KassemG=], GarfunkelAndOates, [[JapaneseRanguage Bobby Lee]], [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear TJ Miller]], and friggin' ''Creator/GabrielIglesias''.
** In fall 2012, he took a break from the show to record a Your Favorite Martian album, and many different guests hosts appeared. One of them was freakin' ''Creator/KevinSmith''. Another was [[Music/WuTangClan the RZA]].
* ArtifactTitle: The [=YouTube=] channel is still called "[=RayWilliamJohnson=]," even though he is no longer the host of ''=3''.
* AutoTune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBB7sYeCPoE This]] episode.
* ButtMonkey: In later episodes, the Google+ logo.
* TheCameo: None other than [[spoiler:Creator/RobinWilliams]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj9nrYVqmPg this video]].
* CatchPhrase: ''I'm just sayin'.''
** "What's happenin', forum/guys?"
** "Leave your interesting or creative responses in the comments section *deep bass* below."
** "Gee! Zus!"
*** This becomes a SubvertedCatchPhrase when he says, "'''GEE'''.... ''(gasps)''.....[-[[{{Understatement}} That's a lot of views]]."-]
** "I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this message!"
** "Fake and gay!"
*** "Falso y maricon!"
*** "Staged and bi-curious!"
** "So tell me, forum..."
** In recent episodes, he maims the Google+ logo.
** "Here's the dildo."[[note]]Misheard by some fans even though it's truly "Here's the deal though." Ray eventually went with it.[[/note]]
** "But don't take my word for it. Go watch the original video, link is in the description."
* CerebusRetcon: After releasing a vlog and explained his relationship to his father. His self deprecation jokes are now seen as more serious than comedic.
* ContinuityNod: Ray sometimes references videos that he reviewed in past episodes. A few examples include:
** In the episode "YOUTUBE FAMOUS! - Ray William Johnson - Equals Three =3", he reviews a video called "Michel & Sven - Der Trampolintrick - Teil 5 / The trick with a trampoline". He points out that the kids in the video are the same kids that were in the video called "Michel & Sven - Der Tischdeckentrick - Teil 4 / The Table Cloth Magic Trick (Original)" that he reviewed in the episode "THUG GUMBY".
** In the episode "REDNECK DAD", he reviews a video of Corgi puppies running. He says that he reviewed a video exactly like it a couple of years ago. He reviewed said very similar video in the episode "Epic Boyfriend FAIL".
** In the episode "METEORITE CRASH IN RUSSIA", he reviews a news clip that has an anchor named Lisa Dutton in it. He says that you may remember her from the "pick a dick" video. The "pick a dick" video was reviewed in the episode "RHINO SAUSAGE - Ray William Johnson Video".
* CuteKitten: Cat videos show up on the series [[strike: every so often]] on a regular basis. Ray [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the Internet's apparent obsession with cat videos.
* DontTryThisAtHome
--> Ray: Now, I know every time I say DontTryThisAtHome you guys are like "Sweet, something I'm gonna try at home! Honey, get me my beer, the [[TakeThatMe midget on the internet]] is tellin' me not to do somethin' so I gotta do it!"
* {{Emoticon}}: =3
* HilariousOuttakes: Some of the videos after the show proper have a minute or so of Ray messing up lines, with a whole bunch of {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.
* HypocriticalHumor: In ''The =3 Musical'', Ray asks "What kind of lame-ass person uses Autotune" while singing in Autotune himself.
* IncrediblyLamePun: So, so many. Enough to be a RunningGag.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ray is this in some videos.
* KnifeThrowingAct: One of Ray William Johnson's viral videos was a series of videos by a couple named Dakoda and Adam involving various knife-throwing (including a on-fire hatchet throwing act) acts done on each other. Warning: Watching video may bring risk of anxiety and heart attack.
* RefugeInAudacity: Lampshaded heavily.
* RunningGag: Several: YourMom, Ray's non-existent social/sexual life or lame jokes, [=PedoBear=], the Troll or any number of viral video-derived audacities, including something about 2 angry camels in a tiny car.
** Russian virals seem to be the most fun and unsafe-looking of late.
*** Gabriel Iglesias himself admitted he can't host an episode without a Russian video.
** Epic face, epic face, epic face, epic face, [[Music/TheLonelyIsland JIZZ IN MY PANTS]]!
** He's also taken to assaulting Google+ when he says where you can leave your comments.
* SelfDeprecation: A part of his style which comes into play quite a lot.
* SoundEffectBleep: He tends not to curse in the videos, but does so in his personal vlog ([=BreakingNYC=]). He justified it in a vlog by saying he wants to keep the series kid-friendly.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL56NP5d96Q This]] video, "Indian Action" has an uncensored f-bomb, perhaps a first for Ray?
** He leaves uncensored [[IncrediblyLamePun Fluorine bombs]] in "Thug Gumby" and "Broken Goat", as well as the word itself appearing on screen in "Jesus Dance".
* StayInTheKitchen: Some of the jokes he makes are blatantly sexist. He always apologizes though.
* ThisLoserIsYou: A character labelled "You" occasionally appears. "You" say a lot of very stupid things.
* UnexplainedRecovery: The Troll.
* WhamLine: "Hi. I don't believe I've been formally introduced. My name's Ray Johnson, and I'm an actor. And this is ''Equals Three''. It's a show I started five years ago from my college dorm room. [[spoiler:And this is my last episode.]]" Averted if you followed Ray on social media before this.
* YourMom: An old RunningGag of the series. Reportedly, having sex with someone's mother is the only cure for squirrel AIDS.
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!!Your Favorite Martian provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Exploited in ''Club Villain''. Puff is allowed into the titular club, and uses his politeness to [[spoiler: get himself laid.]]
* AndThatsTerrible / BestialityIsDepraved: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCgx8zM3woQ The Stereotypes Song]] in which he jokingly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sings about stereotypes]], he mentions Scotsmen humping sheep, and at the end he adds, "But seriously, don't hump any sheep."
* ArtEvolution: The video for ''Whip Yo Kids'' and the videos onward have much better animation and art than the previous music videos.
* AscendedExtra: Benatar went from being the band's silent guitarist to getting as much singing time as Puff himself, singing more than Puff in ''Friend Zone'', ''Complicated'', ''Jupiter'', ''Somebody That I Used to Know'', and ''Bartender Song''. According to [[WordofGod Ray himself,]] Axel is expected to be singing at some point as well.
* BadSanta: Santa in "Santa Hates Poor Kids", who is depicted as a pedophile who never gives anything nice to poor children.
* BandToon: ''Your Favorite Martian: The Series'' is now being run on Website/YouTube. The series is a parody of more traditional band toons, only with a lot more sexual jokes and NSFW language.
* BastardBoyfriend: It's sort of implied that the boyfriend from "Friend Zone" is this, considering that he's the douche bag from one of their previous songs and because Puff explicitly calls him a douche.
* BiggerIsBetter: ''My Balls'' is a song where Puff brags that his balls can win back his ex-girlfriend (the person he's singing to)
* BlindingBangs: The entire backup.[[note]]Although fanart depicts Benatar as having PeekABangs.[[/note]] Even [=DeeJay=] with his FunnyAfro. Although we see his eyes starting in ''Transphobic Techno''.
* BuxomIsBetter: The subject of ''Tig Ol' Bitties.''
* CallBack: ''Tig Ol' Bitties'' makes a reference to ''My Balls''. "Like my balls--real big!"
** And in ''Whip Yo Kids'', a call back ''even further'', to the very first song his earlier band, Fatty Spins, put on youtube [[note]]This song was used in Ray's old show, Capitol Hill Gangsta, as well as for much of the early =3 episodes[[/note]] titled "Doin' Your Mom".:
* ChickMagnet: [=DeeJay=] (Fat black guy), bordering on KavorkaMan.
* ContinuityNod: In ''Grandma Got a Facebook'', all of the people that Puff's Grandma friends are from ''Club Villain'' and ''The Stereotypes Song''.
** Also Mr. Douchebag, who also shows up in ''Friend Zone'' and ''Just A Friend''.
** In ''Robot Bar Fight'', the Terminator does a dance we first saw on Mr. Douchebag.
** In the remix for the Mike Posner song ''She Looks Like Sex'', among the ugly woman in the place is Oprah and a fat trucker from ''Epileptic Techno'' and the Wet-Dog-headed girl from ''Dookie Fresh''.
** "And I'll rage, just like [[NostalgiaFilter the nerd]]."
* CoverVersion: Of one of the ending themes to Equals Three, ''Stalkin' Your Mom''. They will also only be doing covers until their album comes out in January. So far, they've done:
** ''Just a Friend'' by Biz Markie
** ''Somebody That I Used To Know'' by Music/{{Gotye}}
** ''Fight For Your Right (To Party)'' by Music/BeastieBoys
** ''Love the Way It Hurts'' by Music/{{Eminem}}
** ''My Balls'' and ''Alien'' by...themselves...
** ''Jump Around'' by Music/HouseOfPain
** ''Bartender Song'' by Rehab
** ''High Voltage'' by Music/LinkinPark
* CrazyJealousGuy: Superman is this in "Text Me Back."
* DanBrowned: Scottish people are not really stereotyped for humping sheep.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Puff lets out his inner {{Eminem}} during the verses of "Alien," which is itself about bullying and isolation. Now, compare that to a song like "Booty Store..."
** "Text Me Back" is a pretty dark song, but just listen to it without watching the video to see how much darker it becomes.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Transphobic Techno" is one for [=DeeJay=]- no one else in the band makes an appearance.
** Benatar gets this in "Friend Zone", where he acts as the protagonist and sings some verses and the chorus, and "Jupiter", where Puff only does the backup vocals.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Transphobic Techno seems to offer a suggestion to why club music repeats the same words over and over again.
** "Friend Zone" deconstructs StalkerWithACrush. The song itself is presented as very romantic, but the lyrics suggest Benatar is obsessed with his best friend to the point of building a shrine to her and changing religions, even though she already has a boyfriend and has shown that she isn't interested in him at all. This lyrical dissonance is intended, showing that Benatar believes what he's doing is not only socially acceptable, but romantic.
* DemotedToExtra: [=DeeJay=] went from being the second singer behind Puff and actually having his own song to mixing beats while Benatar [[AscendedExtra took his place]].
* DirtyOldWoman: Puff's grandma, AKA [[NameMcAdjective Slutty McButtSex]], in "Grandma got a Facebook."
* DisneyAcidSequence: ''Orphan Tears''.
** One part in ''Transphobic Techno''.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Benatar and Axel started off looking very similarly, with the same features, facial expressions, same hairdo (except Benatar's was blonde and had shorter hair) and the fact they were both just background characters. With the new art style, Axel retained the hairstyle, facial expression and background character status but his muscles grew larger, while Benatar turned into a more PrettyBoy type with softened features and also gained more prominence in the band.
* DoubleSubversion: Puff may have made up the story of ''Robot Bar Fight'', but as the lights were turned off in the video, his eyes lit up.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: ChrisBrown is kicked out of a ''Villain's Club'', whose denizens include [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]], [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]] and UsefulNotes/CharlesManson.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many of their songs are guilty of this.
* FantasticDrug: ''Orphan Tears''.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Faking big breasts?! Unforgivable! (Okay, for some guys this is the most evil thing ever, but ''still''...)
* FinishingMove: Several in ''Fight to Win''.
* {{Flanderization}}
* FreudianExcuse: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8pmCSItNDs Take Over the World]], Wilton works in a crap job and gets mistreated.
* GargleBlaster: The titular ''Orphan Tears''.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Shitty G's girlfriend gets one of these in ''Bartender Song''
* HollywoodTourettes: "BARF, PISS, ASS, ASS, BARF!"
* HomoeroticSubtext:
** ''The Unofficial Smithers Love Song''. Enough said. Less "subtext" than "text".
** We get a clear shot of [[StarWars R2-D2 and C-3PO]] kissing in ''Robot Bar Fight'', before they are interrupted by a gun-toting WesternAnimation/WallE. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a long story]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: ''Bottles of Beer'' has named 29 different beer brands in the lyrics.
* HypocriticalHumor: In ''Fight to Win'', both Puff and guest rapper [=DeStorm=] claim that fighting games like MortalKombat don't make them violent. They then proceed to kick each other's asses over the last nacho.
* IKnowMortalKombat: The Basic Premise of ''Fight to Win''.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: The Mom from "Stalkin' Your Mom".
* InDaClub: Examples include "Club Villain," "Orphan Tears," "Transphobic Techno" and "Epileptic Techno".
** She Looks Like Sex and White Boy Wasted, to a lesser extent.
* {{Joisey}}: The subject of the song "Mr. Douchebag."
* JustFriends: ''Friend Zone'', obviously.
* MadnessMantra: "''[[{{Squick}} Bitch got a penis... Bitch got a penis...]] [[BrainBleach Bitch got a penis... Bitch got a penis...]]''"
* MistakenForRacist: From the "Dookie Fresh" music video.
-->'''Puff''': To be honest [[ItMakesSenseInContext she smells like an Indian.]]\\
'''Indian Guy''': Hey, that's not funny!\\
'''Puff''': ''(stammers)'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny No, no I mean like Indian food. Like curry smells bad. Indian food!]]\\
'''Indian Guy''': You're a dick!
* MoodDissonance: For no obvious reason, the girl in ''Tig Ol' Bitties'' smiles after she gets yelled at by Puff (who is referred to as Your Favorite Martian in the song); she was faking sadness.
* MoodWhiplash: "Alien" is not a comedic song at all, it's an anti-bullying song.
** ''Friend Zone'' and ''Complicated'' are pretty straight love songs with very little comedy.
** ''Take Over the World'' is less comedic, more reminding you that there are greater opportunities out there for you.
** Hell, all but four songs since Friend Zone have been serious (not counting covers).
* MushroomSamba: ''Orphan Tears'' is a song describing the effect of the titular drug on Puff, [=DeeJay=], and special guest Wax. Needless to say, it's extremely trippy.
* NationalStereotypes: ''The Stereotypes Song'' is all about these.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Throughout "Text Me Back", Lois is seen with three different men, driving Superman crazy. The ending reveals they were just people assisting her for their anniversary.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: ''Zombie Love'' proves (unintentionally) that zombies have emotions as well.
* PantyShot: Happens to the Japanese and Indian girls when they jump around in 'The Stereotype Song."
* PrecisionFStrike: Oprah's purpose when she appeared in ''Epileptic Techno''.
** In "Alien": "All a bully needs is a '''FUCKING''' EXCUSE!"
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ''Mr. Douchebag''. Bonus points for it being in song.
* SecurityCling: Benatar's friend does this to him when they encounter a [[MonsterClown knife-wielding clown]] in a haunted house.
* ShoutOut: To many well-known [[BigBad Big Bads]] in ''Club Villain''.
** To Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail in Tig Ol' Bitties at 1:54.
** And WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy at the end of Tig Ol' Bitties.
** [[{{Eminem}} "Stain on my shirt - mom's spaghetti"]] in Tig Ol' Bitties.
** Wax claims he was "feeling like [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Dorothy]]" when he was spinning around in the black hole in ''Orphan Tears''.
** [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons To]] [[WesternAnimation/WallE a]] [[{{Transformers}} bunch]] [[Franchise/RoboCop of]] [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} robots]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan in]] ''Robot Bar Fight.''
** Maya Angelou of all people in ''Take Over the World''.
*** Not to mention the not-so-subtle reference to ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The sole annotation in ''The Stereotypes Song'' says "Yes, the Scottish are known for humping sheep. Google it before you start arguing with me about it. :)"
** Referring to ''The Unofficial Smithers Love Song'': "Yes, that familiar progression you're hearing is Pachelbel's Canon in E. It's commonly used as a wedding song. Get it? :)"
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Compared to a lot of their other work, ''Alien'' is a lot less funny and a lot more serious.
** Same goes for ''Friend Zone'' and ''Complicated''. Friend Zone has the occasional sight gag and one or two amusing lines, but ''Complicated'' has neither - both are songs about unrequited love.
** Same also goes for ''Take Over the World''. Like Friend Zone, it has one or two sight gags and amusing lines, but it's mainly about being stuck a job you hate and dreaming about chasing your own goals.
* TheSomethingSong: The Stereotype Song
* SoundtrackDissonance: The mellow song "Bartender" plays over a rather over-the-top bar fight.
* StalkerShrine: Benatar has one of his friend.
* StockFootage: With many of YFM newer music videos, the chorus, as well as the actions of [=DeeJay=], Axel, and Benatar rely on this.
** Was subverted in "Alien" until the animations appear again in "White Boy Wasted"...
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: ''Booty Store'', natch.
* StylisticSuck: It's actually ''intentional'' that the lyrics of ''Bitch Got a Penis'' repeat over and over and over and over and ''[[HypocriticalHumor over and over and over and]]''...
* TakeOverTheWorld: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin TAKE OVER THE]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8pmCSItNDs WORLD]]
* TakeThat: To ChrisBrown in ''Club Villain''.
** And a lot of the major world countries in ''The Stereotypes Song'', though he was just joking.
* {{Troll}}: A real world example. Ray takes time off from his other projects to work on recording a YFM album only to disband the group ''a month before the release.''
** To be fair, this was actually ExecutiveMeddling
* UnpluggedVersion: They did one for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsKVlgzDCj4 Alien]].
* UnusualEuphemism: "Partying" for "having sex".
* VocalTagTeam: Puff and Benatar.
* {{Yandere}}: ''Text Me Back'' is possibly one of the most prominent example of this trope ever.
--> '''Puff''': "''I had a dream that I killed you. I'm not certain what it means. I didn't say that I would do it. I said it was a dream. Anger is the lone emotion flowing through my veins. Knowing you, I may spend the night going through some pain. Call me insane, call me obsessed, the fact remains, I'll rage unless you text me back''"

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--> ''"I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this trope!"''
--> ''"So tell me, forum...what's Victoria's Secret?"''
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